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Harper Assessment Center

The Harper Assessment Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive assessments for preschool children using current evidenced based practices.  Our goal is the identification of each child's unique educational needs in the determination of eligibility for special education services.  We are committed to working collaboratively with families to help all preschool children reach their highest potential.

The Harper Assessment Center provides multidisciplinary evaluations to respond to your concerns regarding the growth and development of your child, and to determine if he or she has a disability that requires specialized interventions.

Children ages 3 to 5 who have a disability defined by Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) - Part B and CA State Education Code are provided specialized instruction and related services by Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD).

Through the referral process, you and a Specialist will identify any areas of concern for further assessment. Based on areas of concern, a multidisciplinary evaluation is conducted by a team of professionals which could include a school psychologist, speech language pathologist, special education teacher, occupational therapist, district nurse, adaptive physical education teacher and physical therapist.

Together, the Education Specialists can provide a thorough understanding of your child’s strengths and present functional, developmental and academic skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • Cognition
  • Speech and Language
  • Motor Skills
  • Social/Emotional
  • Academic Abilities
  • Health and Development
  • Sensory Processing

Contact Us


Laura Telles
Administrative Assistant I
Office: 949-515-6631
Fax: 949-515-6633

Elke Day
Coordinator, Special Education